The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons takes the football field at the NGR Stadium for the 2017 Super Bowl LI (51) championship title on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The big game will be aired on Fox and will also be live stream to on FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports Go app.
Fox Sports will televise 2017 Super Bowl 51 preview coverage from 11 A.M. until the official kickoff, with the pre-game highlight being a four-and-a-half-hour Fox NFL Sunday Super Bowl 51 show starting at 2 P.M.
Let’s take a look at each franchise’s path to the NFL’s 2017 Super Bowl LI.
The New England Patriots concluded the season with an NFL-best 14-2 record and routed the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Playoffs en route to their seventh Super Bowl appearance in 16 National Football League seasons.
Despite the suspension of veteran quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2016-17 NFL season season due to the Deflategate sanction, the New England Patriots went 3-1 behind the backup quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett.
Once the superstar quarterback Tom Brady returned to the football field, the Patriots didn’t miss a beat, going 11-1 during the rest of the 2016-17 NFL regular season and making to a No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The New England managed to achive all of this despite losing their very own three-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski for more than half of the regular season due to an injury.
The four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady finished as Pro Football Focus’ highest-rated professional American football player with a 99.3 (out of 100) grade. The 39-year-old veteran star threw 28 touchdowns and only a couple of interceptions.
Running back LeGarrette Blount, on the other side of the ball, led the franchise with 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. While wide receiver Julian Edelman caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards, and fellow wideout Chris Hogan recorded a 38 catches for 560 yards and four scores. The Patriots finished with the top scoring defense in the NFL, allowing only 250 points all season.
The Atlanta Falcons’ trip to the 2017 Super Bowl 51 was never been easier than the Patriots’, but the former also enjoyed a dominating finish. The Falcons was 7-5 after 12 games, and an NFC Playoffs berth was not guaranteed at all. While the Falcons’ offense was exceptional in the entire regular season, the defense struggled, giving up 24 or more points in 10 of the club’s first 12 contests.
However, the Falcons’ defense nosedived for the most part in December and January schedule, and the team’s offense somehow got even better.
The Falcons managed to emerged to an NFC South title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs by claiming victories from its last four regular-season games, edging out its last four opponents by 79 points.
Once in the in postseason, the Falcons continued to dominate in the National Football Conference, outscoring the Seattle Seahawks 36-20 and Green Bay Packers 44-21.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, led the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive attack this year. The 31-year-old threw 38 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions while completing almost 70 percent of his passes.
New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV Channel: FOX (nationwide)
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Live Stream Online: FOX Sports Go